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Americans for Prosperity goes digital to keep lawmakers in check during holidays

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Much like Santa Claus, Americans for Prosperity Florida will be checking its “naughty list” this Christmas. And if the conservative group gets its way, lawmakers shouldn’t expect too much quiet time during their break before the Legislature convenes next month. “Typically, lawmakers think they can escape the pressures of calls from their constituents to do what is right over the holidays,” AFP-FL Director Chris Hudson said. “They are wrong if they think their actions will escape taxpayers’ attention this year.”…

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Rick Scott: Florida added 1 million jobs since he took office

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Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that Florida has added more than 1 million private sector jobs since he took office in 2011. That means another 700,000 jobs need to be created in the next two years to fulfill a 2010 campaign promise. The million jobs mark also doesn’t take into account that Florida has 27,300 fewer government jobs since he took office. When considering those lost jobs, Florida needs to add another 15,500 jobs to reach 1 million. Still, Scott…

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Enterprise Florida circles the wagons before incentives fight

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The vice chair of Enterprise Florida wants to make sure his organization’s affairs are in order as it fights for Gov. Rick Scott‘s proposed $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund to revamp the state’s business incentives. High on his list is looking at how much the state’s public-private economic development organization pays its top officials. Alan Becker, also co-founder of South Florida’s Becker & Poliakoff law firm, on Monday held a conference call for Enterprise Florida’s executive committee. Becker also wanted a review of all “costs and expenses” besides employee pay. “Enterprise…

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Tampa Chamber outlines 2016 agenda, supports Florida Enterprise Fund

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The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce headed up to Tallahassee Thursday to discuss its 2016 legislative agenda with lawmakers. “We had the privilege today to meet with our local delegation members to express what is important to the Chamber and to the business community as a whole,” said Guy King III, the group’s chair-elect.  “It is imperative that we start to lay the groundwork now so that when session begins in January our legislators will know what is important to…

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Senate budget run-down from Rick Scott’s budget chief calmer than in House

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The Senate Committee on Appropriations heard from Gov. Rick Scott‘s chief budget aide Wednesday morning, when she presented Scott’s $79.3 billion proposed budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year before hearing some pushback from Senate Democrats on state worker pay, social services, and health care. The presentation was a calmer affair than in the House, however, where Democrats “took out their knives” and carved up the governor’s proposal Tuesday. Cynthia Kelly, director of Scott’s Office of Policy and Budget presented the governor’s “Florida First”…

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Rick Scott to release state budget in Jacksonville

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Gov. Rick Scott plans to release his recommended state budget Monday in Jacksonville. Scott’s office said he will debut his “Florida First” budget for 2016-17 at 10 a.m., at Harbinger Sign on Shad Road. The Florida Channel will carry the announcement live. Earlier this month, Cynthia Kelly, Scott’s budget director, wrote a memo in which she previewed the spending plan. Kelly said Florida “will have a record $29.8 billion of general revenue available next year – including $1.3 billion in new revenue.”…

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Florida Chamber unveils ambitious plan for job growth, diversified economy in 2016

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Florida’s Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to the upcoming Legislative Session with a new blueprint for the effort to advance jobs, economic growth and opportunity in the Sunshine State. Now entering its 100th year, the Chamber unveiled its 2016 Legislative Agenda during a Tuesday news conference at the Florida Capitol. The Florida Legislature is scheduled to convene its 2016 Regular Session Jan. 12. Presenting the agenda was Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson, Chamber Chairwoman Tracy Duda Chapman, senior…

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